An association that brings together progressive Muslims has launched a petition in defence of multi-culturalism in society. The petition calls for greater tolerance and more openness and has come about after a Belgo-Moroccan couple suffered verbal abuse and physical abuse at the hands of Muslim youths.

The incident happened last week around the Liedtplein, in the Brussels Municipality of Schaarbeek.

The woman, who is of Moroccan descent, was verbally abused by youths in front of her white Belgian husband.

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